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Men's Basketball Closes Non-Conference Play Saturday At Memphis

River Reed scored a career-high nine points Thursday night.
Dec. 22, 2017

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Opponent Memphis Tigers
Date Saturday, December 23, 2017
Time 11:00 a.m. (CST) | 12:00 p.m. (EST)
Location Memphis, Tenn. | FedEx Forum
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Quick Hits About The Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball closes its 2017-2018 non-conference schedule with a final game before Christmas.
  • The Greyhounds travel to the Volunteer State for an 11 a.m. (CST) game against the University of Memphis in the FedEx Forum.
  • Five Loyola players – Andre Walker, Cam Gregory, Andrew Kostecka, Chuck Champion and Isaiah Hart – have scored 20 or more points in a game this year. Champion has two games of 21-plus.
  • Champion has tallied 11 or more points in all five games he has played this year.
  • Isaiah Hart’s 26 points on December 2 at Mount St. Mary’s were the most by a Loyola freshman since Jamal Hunter tallied 27 in a March 1998 game at Iona College.
  • Hart is averaging 16.0 points over the Greyhounds last four games and 11.4 since joining the starting lineup seven games ago.
  • Cam Gregory is 13th in all of NCAA Division I and leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.6). He also leads the Patriot League and is 24th nationally in overall rebounding (9.8).
  • Gregory’s 16 boards on Tuesday against Drexel were a career-high and rank eighth in school single-game history.

Family Reunion

  • Saturday’s game will take on special meaning for both team’s head coaches as Loyola’s G.G. Smith will face his father, Tubby Smith, who is the Memphis bench boss. Saul Smith, one of G.G. Smith’s younger brothers, is also an assistant on the Tigers’ staff.
  • The Smiths are one of two father-son coaching duos in NCAA Division I for the 2017-2018 season. Mike Dunleavy, Sr., is coaching at Tulane University, while his son, Baker, is the head coach at Quinnipiac University.
  • This will be the second meeting between teams coached by Tubby and G.G. Smith. Loyola faced Tubby’s Texas Tech University squad in the 2014-2015 season-opener. The Red Raiders pulled away late for a 71-59 win on November 14, 2014. That game was also the career-debut for Loyola’s current senior class.

Series History Versus Memphis

  • Loyola and Memphis will meet for the second time on the basketball court when the teams tip-off Saturday morning. They last faced each other in a December 30, 2012, game at the FedEx Forum.
  • Shaq Goodwin scored seven points during an 11-0 of Memphis run midway through the second half that pushed the host Tigers past Loyola, 78-64, in that game.
  • Robert Olson caught an Anthony Winbush inbound pass and hit an 18-foot jumper from the low left corner to pull the Greyhounds within one, 53-52, with 11:19 to play in regulation, but Goodwin converted on a layup 19 seconds later to start the stretch run.
  • Goodwin had two dunks and a free throw, as well during the stretch, and dunk by D.J. Stephens on the fast break with just under eight minutes to play made it 64-52 in the Tigers’ favor. Joe Jackson made a pair of free throws during the stretch, as well. He led Memphis with 22 points.
  • Dylon Cormier had a game-best 25 points for Loyola.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola held visiting Drexel to just one field goal and four total points in the final 3:30 of regulation Thursday night, and the Greyhounds dealt the Dragons a 66-62 non-conference defeat in Reitz Arena.
  • Chuck Champion scored 21 points, and both Cam Gregory and KaVaughn Scott had career-highs with 16 and 10 rebounds, respectively, for the Greyhounds.
  • Loyola led for the majority of the game, going up by eight early in the second half for the largest margin either team led by in the contest, but Drexel (6-7 overall) rallied to tie the score at 47-47 on a Tadas Karainas 3-pointer with 8:50 to play. Champion responded with a three for the Greyhounds on their next possession, but an Austin Williams basket in the paint and a Kurk Lee three at 7:07 pushed the Dragons ahead, 52-50. The lead was Drexel’s first since just under 11 minutes remained in the first half.
  • After Lee’s three gave Drexel a two-point lead, Champion caught a Scott outlet pass to score in transition, knotting the game at 52-52, but Lee knocked down another three to push Drexel up three with 6:01 left.
  • River Reed scored off one of Andre Walker’s game-high seven assists for the Greyhounds at 5:11, and 50 ticks later Lee converted in the lane to put Drexel up by three once again, 57-54. With the shot-clock winding down on Loyola’s next possession, Walker fed Champion on the top-right of the perimeter, and he drained his fourth 3-pointer of the game, tying the score for the eighth time. Lee was fouled at 3:38, but he made only the front-end of two free throws, giving Drexel a 58-57 advantage with 3:38 to play.
  • Walker triggered a highlight-reel play on Loyola’s ensuing possession that would put the Greyhounds in front for good. He slung a one-handed bounce pass to Reed on the baseline, and Reed quickly redirected it to Gregory on the left side of the lane. Gregory’s one-handed dunk over two Drexel defenders drew a foul, and he made the free throw to put Loyola up a pair, 60-58, with 3:20 on the clock.
  • After Lee missed a three for Drexel, Walker fed Reed for a layup at 2:35, giving the freshman post a career-high nine points for the game.
  • On the defensive end, Gregory had a steal on one Drexel possession, and Andrew Kostecka blocked a Dragons shot on the next. Champion then pulled up for a jumper with 68 seconds left, pushing the Loyola advantage to six, 64-58.
  • Lee drew a foul on Drexel’s next possession, and he made two of three free throws. After Loyola went empty on its next trip to the offensive end, Lee scored in the lane, drawing Drexel within two, 64-62, with 25 seconds left. Coming out of a Dragons timeout, Kostecka hit Champion with a home-run pass, and Champion easily laid the ball in to push the lead to four.
  • Drexel took another timeout, but Loyola forced a missed shot in the paint, and Gregory grabbed the rebound to secure the win.

Returning To Health

  • Loyola’s December 21 game saw the Greyhounds have its most healthy and active players of the season with just one (Chancellor Barnard) missing due to an injury. Andrew Kostecka (four games) and James Fives (one) both returned to action against the Dragons.
  • The Greyhounds used the same starting lineup from its previous game for the first time since November 28. Loyola has used six different starting lineups this year, and Greyhounds players have missed a combined 35 games because of injury through December 21.


  • Five Loyola players have scored 20 or more points in a game this season.
  • Andrew Kostecka tallied 22 in the season-opener at Northwestern, and Andre Walker had 27 (the most by a Greyhounds player this year) against Fairfield. Cam Gregory scored a career-best 22 at Dartmouth, a game in which Chuck Champion put up 26. Isaiah Hart is the most-recent member of the 20-plus club, scoring 26 on Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s. Champion then scored 21 against Drexel.

Hart Heats Up

  • Isaiah Hart made 7 of 12 second-half shots December 2 at Mount St. Mary’s and tallied 16 of his team-high 26 points after the break. Hart’s 26 points were the most by a Loyola freshman since Jamal Hunter scored 27 points in a March 1, 1998, game at Iona College.
  • He followed that performance with a 15-point game at Florida State, 13 against Binghamton and 10 versus Drexel despite foul trouble. Over the last four games, Hart has averaged 16 points over Loyola’s last three games, and since joining the starting lineup on November 21 against Goucher, he has averaged 11.4 points.

Top-10 Territory

  • Cam Gregory moved into Loyola career top-10 in rebounds at Dartmouth, grabbing 11 to pass Erik Etherly’s 667 during the 2010-13 seasons.  Versus Drexel, Gregory’s career-high 16 rebounds pushed his career total to 719, and he passed B.J. Pendleton (1991-95) to move into eight on the school’s career list.
  • Gregory is also the school’s career leader in field-goal percentage (58.4).

River Hits The Court

  • River Reed missed the first seven games of the year after an illness, but he made his collegiate debut at Florida State. The freshman from San Antonio played 17 minutes and had four points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal.
  • He then entered the starting lineup for the first time against Binghamton, tallying seven points and two assists in 26 minutes. Reed followed that performance with nine points, three blocks and two steals against Drexel.

Champion Debuts

  • Chuck Champion missed the first five games of the 2017-2018 season before debuting at Dartmouth. He opened in a big way, scoring a career-high 26 points while making 12 of 15 shots from the field. Champion tallied 15 of his points in the first half after checking in four minutes into play, and he missed only misfired on one of his eight attempts from the field before the break.
  • Champion was playing his best at the end of his freshman campaign as the 26 points eclipsed his previous high of 18 set in the CBI Quarterfinals at Coastal Carolina. He also had four rebounds, three steals and two assists against the Big Green.
  • Champion has scored 11 or more points in all five games he’s played this year and tops the team with an 18.0 points per game mark, making 52.8 percent of his shots.

Crashing And Scoring

  • Cam Gregory has been dominant on the offensive glass this season for the Greyhounds, moving up to No. 13 in NCAA Division I with 3.7 offensive rebounds per game. Overall, he is nearly averaging a double-double with 14.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, and he tops the team with a 60.4 and 76.1 percent marks from the field free-throw lines, respectively.
  • Gregory pulled down a career-best 16 rebounds, 13 coming on the defensive glass, against Drexel. His 16 boards are tied for eighth in school single-game history and are the most since Erik Etherly had 15 in a 2011 game at George Washington.

Flipping The Script

  • In the first three games of the season, Loyola was being outscored 112-70 in the first halves of games as they were shooting just 28.1 percent from the field to opponents’ 48.8.
  • The Greyhounds have turned those numbers around, however, in their last seven games. In those outings, Loyola is outscoring foes, 251-237, while shooting 49.7 percent to opponents’ 42.3.
  • During a five-game stretch from November 28-December 9 (UMass Lowell through Binghamton), Loyola’s second-half defense was yielding a 56.6 percent mark from the field, but the Greyhounds held Drexel to just 26.3 percent after the break on December 21.

Record Book Entries

  • Loyola set a school record for rebounds in a game on November 21, pulling down 52 in its win over Goucher. The Greyhounds have tallied 49 rebounds three times in their recorded history, most recently in a 2010 game against Manhattan. (Note: a previously published record of 122 rebounds in a 1955 game has been disproved via newspaper archives)
  • The Greyhounds’ 52-point margin of victory was the second largest in school history. Loyola defeated Gallaudet, 82-27, in February 1947 for the biggest spread.
  • Loyola’s 24 assists were tied for sixth-most and the most since it had 25 against Canisius on January 5, 2000.

Clutch Late

  • Andre Walker’s game-winning layup with 27.3 seconds left against Lehigh on Feb. 1, 2017, was his third game-winning basket of the season and second against the Mountain Hawks. He hit a three with three with eight-tenths of a second left on Jan. 5 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to push Loyola in front for an 84-83 win the first time the teams met last season.
  • Earlier in the year, Walker hit a winning layup with five-tenths of a second remaining at Stony Brook, giving the Greyhounds a 71-70 road win. He then came up defensively at American, keeping the Eagles’ Sa’eed Nelson from driving and blocking his 3-pointer at the buzzer.
  • Walker now has scored game-winning points six times during his career. In 2015-16, he scored on a drive to the basket with less than five seconds left at home against Lehigh, and he hit two free throws with just over three ticks on the clock for a win at the U.S. Military Academy. As a freshman in 2013-2014, he made two free throws with 6.9 seconds left to beat Colgate University in triple overtime.
  • At Florida State, he became the 17th player in school history to score 1,300 or more points. With 1,322 points, Walker is 15th in school history. Against Lafayette in the 2017 Patriot League First Round, he became the 10th player in school history with 300-plus assists and is 10th with 334. His 157 steals rank sixth all-time.

Cam Contributing Big In League Play

  • Cam Gregory saw the biggest jump on the team of points per game in the Patriot League (12.6) versus overall (9.9). He scored 226 of his 326 points last year in those 18 games.
  • Gregory made 93 of 137 shots, good for 67.9 percent from the field; that mark led the conference in League games, and his 63.8 overall mark was second in the conference. He was Loyola’s top rebounder in conference games with 146, 8.1 per, and overall with 251 and 7.6.

Chart Climbing

Career Points



Bob Connor




Joel Hittelman




Gene Gwiazdowski




Andre Walker


Career Rebounds



Ed Butler




Roderick Platt




Cam Gregory


Career 3-Pointers Made



Brett Harvey




Kevin Green




Andre Walker


Career Free-Throws Made



Shane James




Andre Walker


Career Steals



Damien Jenifer




Kevin Green




Andre Walker


Career Field-Goal Percentage



Cam Gregory




Mike Krawczyk


Up Next

  • Loyola opens its fifth season in the Patriot League on Friday, December 29, with a 7 p.m. home game against the U.S. Naval Academy.






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